Mitsuo Fuchida: “From Pearl Harbor to Calvary”

Sunday, December 7, 2008 \PM\.\Sun\.

As Donald notes, today is “the day that will live in infamy” — the anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

When I was young, I learned of the story of Captain Mitsuo Fuchida of the Imperial Japanese Navy, famous for leading the first wave of the attack on that fateful day of December 7, 1941. Wounded in the battle of Midway, he spent the rest of his life as staff officer, and was actually in Hiroshima only a day before the bombing (he was saved by a call from Headquarters asking him to return to Tokyo).

What is particularly fascinating about his life, however, is what happened after the war:

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Sixty-Seven Years Ago

Sunday, December 7, 2008 \AM\.\Sun\.


“War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste.

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